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1. Luminess x Disney The Lion King Collection by Sir John, legendary makeup artist to the stars (including Beyoncé and Celine Dion, NBD!) is finally here and it’s SO good! With colors inspired by The Lion King‘s characters and landscape, this collection is vibrant, glowy, and wears so beautifully.

Sir John did some of our faces up (including mine!) with the collection before it officially launched and said that it’s an “elevated take for all the millennials who grew up on the original film.” Loveeeee. Check out the entire post for all of the looks to replicate at home!

Get the collection from Ulta: Matte Lipstick, Liquid Lipstick, and Lip Balm for $24 each, Highlighter Palette for $40, and Can’t Wait To Be Queen Eyeshadow Palette and Sculpting Palette for $42.

Luminess x Disney The Lion King Collection by Sir John

Summer 2019’s Best Designer Collabs So Far

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Who doesn’t love a good designer collab? On the fashion front, it’s a more affordable way to own a piece of a designer’s artistry. And on the pop culture front, it’s a way to celebrate and show off the TV shows or movies you love.

From Baby Phat and Giambattista Valli to Stranger Things and The Lion King, brand collabs are killin’ it this year. See what other collections have making a splash this summer—and snag some goodies for yourself!

3 Lip Colors Beyoncé’s Makeup Artist Would Remove From Your Vanity This Summer

In the makeup world, there’s no one cooler than L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist Sir John. He’s behind the majority of the makeup-minded screenshots sitting in our camera roll at the moment and he regularly works with all of our favorite celebs like Beyoncé, Joan Smalls, Ashely Benson, and Karlie Kloss to name a few. Since he’s used to prepping his A-list clientele for everything from sweat-inducing concerts to weather-contingent red carpets, we couldn’t think of anyone better to ask about summer lip colors trends for 2019. More specifically, we asked which colors we should ditch and which we should swap in.

“For summer lip colors, I love corals, sheer peaches, baby pinks, or even a statement red,” Sir John tells us right off the bat. “These colors, depending on the occasion and mood, make skin look healthy and vibrant. Conversely, try to steer away from deep merlots, wines, and a deep berry. These shades are very polished and are better for the fall and winter.”

Of course, we believe in 100% beauty democracy here at Who What Wear, so if wearing a borderline black or blue lipstick is what really floats your boat this summer, we salute you. Obsessed with purple? Go for it! If not, however, we’re dishing in more detail on the best (and worst) summer lip color trends according to Sir John with his pro lipstick tips and product picks sprinkled throughout. Keep scrolling.

Remove: Deep Burgundy

Of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a gorgeous swipe of deep burgundy, but we love it best during the more intense and cozy months of winter. We recommend stashing this tube away for safekeeping until summer (sadly) leaves us.

Add: Coral

Sir John’s Tip: “If you’re already wearing a lot of pinks, corals, or berries, a great hack is matching your lip color to your blush color. In the summer, cream blushes are great as they will not clog your pores, and I sometimes double it as the lipstick as well.”

Remove: Moody Purples

Is Pat McGrath’s Vampira-esque shade of deep, blackened purple stunning? Quite. Compatible with the long, hot, sunny days of summer? Um, not really. This kind of color requires a perfect application (it’s not melt-safe!) and is extremely polished. Therefore, Sir John deems it more suitable for the rich days of winter.

Add: Sheer Stone Fruits Like Peach & Nectarine

Sir John’s Tip: “As far as what type of lipstick formula is best for summer, it depends on what you have going on. I love the Colour Riche Plump and Shine formula for summer—the color is sheer and gives your lips extra hydration, which is great during these hot summer days. If you need your lip color to last a while, I love something that is more matte but very opaque so it doesn’t feel heavy on your lips.”

Remove: Deep Berry

As someone who personally loves a bold burst of berry on my lips, this is a hard pill to swallow. But, according to Sir John, colors like peach, coral, and baby pink will be better than deeper shades of berry when it comes to making our summer skin look healthy and vibrant. And that’s the ultimate summer lip color goal, right?

Add: Baby Pink

Sir John’s Tip: “In the summer, I always try to cut back on at least one step to make the process shorter and easier. For lips, leave your lip liner at home and instead, use a lipstick with a precise applicator.”

Plus, One More Add: A Statement-Making Red

Sir John’s Tip: “Always take the rest of your look into account. When choosing a lipstick shade, think about the rest of your outfit and how the hues will play against each other. If you’re not wearing a full face of makeup, a bright, bold statement lip will immediately amp up your look.”

Luminess Cosmetics Disney the Lion King Liquid Lipstick in Romantic Atmosphere ($24)

Beyonce’s Makeup Artist Just Came Up With the Perfect Summer Beauty Look

By Erin Lukas Updated: Jun 21, 2019 @ 5:39 pm

Disney’s The Lion King was one of the first movies I ever saw in a theater, so I’ve been counting down the days until the live-action remake hits theaters next month. But, while I just can’t wait to revisit some of my favorite childhood characters, when Beyoncé’s makeup artist Sir John announced that he teamed up with Luminess Cosmetics to create a limited-edition collection inspired by the film, I immediately was more excited about all of my potential summer makeup looks. (Side note: In case you somehow missed the casting announcement, Bey is voice of Nayla in the remake.)

The products in the collection include a sculpting palette, an eyeshadow palette, a highlighter, liquid lipsticks, traditional lipstick bullets, and a lip balm. Prices range from $24 for the lip products to $42 for the eyeshadow and sculpting palette. The complete collection can be purchased in a vault for $250.

What immediately stands out about the collection is that if you were to look at the all of the shimmery and matte shades without seeing the packaging, they still capture essence of the film and its African setting. So, I reached out to Sir John on the phone to find out what went into creating the collection.

“I spent a lot of time South Africa, and I’ve been there five times this year,” Sir John tells me. “I went on a safari and got so inspired seeing the colors of the clay and the soil because it’s so red, rich, and warm there. I took tons of pictures and videos of what I saw on my phone and brought it back home. Then, I made a mood board of the photos and started swatching colors.”

Sir John didn’t just travel far to create the collection, he also says that he and Luminess has a tight timeline, doing a years-worth of work in approximately six months. “When I got the phone call from Disney, it didn’t hit me that it was really happening,” he says. “The next thing I had to do was figure out who I was going to partner with to manufacture the collection to make sure it had the right pigment, color payoff, and packaging. Luminess is a company I met and worked with around Coachella time, and I was looking for an opportunity to work with them again.”

Now that the collection is out in the wild, Sir John has been teaming up with everyone’s favorite beauty bloggers to put the collection in action, including Shayla. He filmed this killer emerald smoky eye look using one of the collection’s few vibrant shades.

You can check it out below:

In the video, Sir John gives a ton of application tips, talks about how he got his start as a makeup artist, and what it’s like working with Bey.

Since it’s officially summer, the unofficial season of glowy skin, and the Lion King collection includes The Circle of Life Highlighter, a universally flattering shade for a lit-from-within glow, I got him to spill his secret for keeping your highlighter from melting off during the summer.

He tells me to use two highlighters, using a liquid one as a base… and then going over it with the powder formula. “It’s still luminous and gives you that glowing complexion, but it won’t melt off — it will stay there,” he says. “Even if it does melt off because we are going into summer, you’ll still traces of a beautiful, gleaming complexion.”

Considering one of his clients performs in stadiums, dancing for the majority of her show, I’m going to take Sir John’s advice and start layering my highlighter this summer.

How To Shop The ‘Lion King’ Makeup Collection Early

Be prepared: The much anticipated limited edition Lion King makeup collection by renowned celebrity makeup artist Sir John and Luminess Cosmetics is hitting shelves tomorrow. Judging from the buzz it’s gotten, it’ll probably sell out faster than the gazelles that leap across the screen in the 1994 original animated Lion King. Sir John counts Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Karlie Kloss, Naomi Campbell, Joan Smalls among his famous clientele, which is fitting since Beyoncé plays Nala in the upcoming new film, hitting theaters July 19.

To get inspiration for the line, Sir John visited Africa. “I spent a ton of time in South Africa, in Capetown and Johannesburg; I adore it,” says Sir John, who is also co-executive producer of American Beauty Star. “I went on safari for the first time. The rhinos came right up to the truck, we were in the lion’s pit—just seeing animals that way took me aback. When you get a chance to get out of the US and see what real dirt and real clay look like, it’s so fertile. African clay has so many shades of reddish brown and warm brown. The landscape is what inspired me. One thing about Lion King is you don’t necessarily have a Disney princess that inspires you, like Cinderella. Lion King is all about the atmosphere, it’s all about the vibe, so hopefully I did it justice by paying tribute to the landscape and how organic the scenery is.”

Those striking earth tones take center stage in the collection, which includes an eyeshadow palette, a contour palette, a highlighter/bronzer, two shades of matte lipstick, two liquid lipsticks shades, and a tinted lip balm. Every item has amazing color payoff. “If you look at the eyeshadow palette you’ll see these natural clean browns and wearable colors for people who are minimalists,” Sir John says. “And for people who like extra drama, there are some beautiful jewel tone shades, like a purple that looks like a sunset. All of those colors are inspired by nature; even the sculpting palette is very natural in its tones. If you take the textures of the eyeshadows, it’s serious pigment. I just need to tap it—you can even use your fingers (to apply it).”

Sir John had a say in the sophisticated, striking packaging from start to finish. Though the film is pure Disney, the aesthetic is all grown up. “I fall in love with product from the outside,” he says. “It’s not a juvenile collection, it’s something you can hold. As you become more mature and get into your career, your packaging changes and the products that you source changes. You don’t want to whip out a dollar lip balm when you’re at a dinner—you want to have a beautiful compact that shows your station in life. As you move up, you evolve as well. I wanted to make sure that the girl who knows quality is going to want to hold this compact at dinner and not run to the restroom and hide it.”

It was also important to Sir John that the collection work for the Lion King’s global audience. “As a makeup artist, I have such a diverse group of women who I work with, so I have to make sure that this translates to everyone from Harlem to Hong Kong,” Sir John says. “In terms of complexion it has to be for the girl who is super fair, like Nicole Kidman’s complexion, to Lupita’s complexion. They’re both looking at me at the same time to make sure I get it right. So many other makeup artists have the luxury to work with one demographic, but I think the most modern way forward is to have a global complexion in mind. You want to make sure that all girls are invited to the party.”

Of course, Sir John is also paying homage to the fans of the original Disney animated Lion King. “This is a love letter to the moms who were kids back in 1994,” he says. “I was one of those children. Now most of those women are having families of their own and they’re taking their kids for the first time to see the movie. It’s like a time capsule to those women.”

 We know there’s one mom who approves of the line: None other than Beyoncé. “I wanted to show her something that was real, so I waited until the packaging was done so I had a real product,” Sir John says. “She was like, ‘oh my god, this is so good; I need five boxes.’ Getting her support on any project is so cool. A lot of people say, ‘what do you get inspired by?’ Being around really impactful women who are so badass and super strong, there’s all the inspiration you need. You don’t need much inspiration when you’re next to a woman who does a project like Lemonade or the Super Bowl. It moves culture. I grew up around a really strong mom. Strong women have really taught me.”

Be like Beyoncé and get your inner Nala on before the collection drops on on June 15. Use the pre-sale code ‘UNLK367’ to shop at 9PM EST on Friday, June 14th.

The Best New Makeup Products to Try in 2019

It seems like every time you open Instagram, a beauty brand is launching a new palette, lipstick, or contour kit. While it certainly keeps getting ready fun, the sheer volume of products dropping on the regular makes it impossible to try everything—or even know where to start. That’s where our beauty team comes in. Luckily for you (and us), it’s our job to sort through the piles (and piles) of makeup that cross our desks each month to narrow down the best new makeup launches that are worth adding to your collection. From a charitable lipstick to Rihanna-approved liquid liners, this month’s launches are damn good. Check in all month as we add our favorites from June to the list.

10 Best Peel Off-Masks That Actually Work

If you’re in the mood to relax—and let’s be real, we’re always in the mood to relax—start by putting on a feel-good song, order-in your favorite dish, and then get ready to be zen. It’s time to reward yourself for the hard work you’ve done this week and pamper your skin. The easiest way to do it? Try a peel-off mask. From cheap drugstore options that offer anti-aging benefits or a little hydration to slightly more luxe products for oily and sensitive skin, these derms recommended the best peel-off masks to take your DIY spa night to the next level.

Rose Gold Vitality Peel Off Mask

The combination of antioxidants and peptides detoxes against environmental aggressors to improve your skin’s flexibility and strength. This mask harnesses the power of marbleberry plant stem cell extracts, an antioxidant, to fight free radical damage and replenish skin hydration,  says Engelman.



Here’s What Lion King’s Makeup Collection Looks Like On Different People

Makeup artist extraordinaire Sir John teamed up with Disney and Luminess to create the limited edition Lion King makeup collection, and we got to try it out before it launches on June 15!

If you’re a makeup enthusiast then you know Sir John glams the faces for the likes of Celine Dion, Khloe Kardashian and Beyoncé. Now, he’s teamed up with cosmetics company Luminess to create Disney’s official, limited edition Lion King makeup collection to celebrate the live-action remake, in which Beyoncé is the voice of Nala btw. *Feel free to fan out right now!*

The eight piece-collection includes the Kingdom Sculpting Palette, Can’t Wait to be Queen Eyeshadow Palette, Be Brave Matte Lipstick in two shades, Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick in two shades, Legacy Tinted Lip Balm and Circle of Life Highlighter. The products will be available on Luminess on June 15 and makeup retailers on June 16, ranging from $24 to $42.

He actually came by our office to show us the collection and we got to try it out first hand. We were immediately blown away by how elevated the packaging was, and by the finished looks.

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The makeup artist extraordinaire told BuzzFeed that this collection was an elevated take for all the millennials who grew up on the original film. We’re all grown up now and this collection is the perfect mix of childhood nostalgia and adult presentation. Everything from the sleek, metallic packaging to the super-rich and intense pigment proves that this is not a drill, people. THIS IS THE REAL DEAL!

Sir John gave Sabrina a shimmering monochromatic look, perfect for a fancy affair. If lions had weddings, Nala would’ve totally rocked this beat!

He enhanced Sabrina’s bone structure with shades Dusk and Cub from the Kingdom Sculpting Palette. For the lips and blush, he actually used the Be Brave Matte Lipstick in Pounce, which he calls a “convertible piece” because you can use it more than one way!

Can we have a moment of silence out of respect for this speck of gold in her tear ducts?! It’s all in the details, dahlings.

From the Can’t Wait To Be King Eyeshadow Palette, Sir John applied Pride Rock to her inner and outer corners, and Nala on the ball of her eye for a matte-shimmer-matte pattern. This is an easy way to create dimension to the lids. To really open and brighten the eyes he applied Simba to the tear ducts, and brought everything together by blending African Clay in the creases. He finished the look with Circle of Life Highlighter to the cheekbones, and topped off the lips with Legacy Tinted Lip Balm.

Here’s a cheat sheet of everything you’ll need to recreate this moment.

Sabrina’s Final Thoughts: “In all seriousness, Sir John made me feel like a Disney princess after I saw my finished look! If you’re anything like me, navigating how to properly apply makeup is nothing short of intimidating, especially when trying a new color that’s out of your comfort zone. I was pleasantly surprised at how bold, yet natural the shimmery golds were against my skin tone.

I absolutely love how Sir John balanced the use of warm colors on my face overall and especially appreciated how the combination of his technique and the collection made my eyes pop. The beautiful thing about Luminess and Sir John’s Lion King collection is that there is an array of colors perfect for every person, no matter what their skin tone is. I have never felt more confident wearing makeup than when Sir John applied this collection to my face!”

For Sarah, Sir John proved that you can bring the drama without doing the most. Her blue-red lip and soft, subtle eye make for a stunning juxtaposition.

To sculpt, he applied Cub and Marula, and finished off with the Circle of Life Highlighter. Who knew looking so good could be so easy and so quick?! Sir John knew, that’s who!

Nala would DEF rock this look for girls’ night out in the jungle. So sexy, so chic, so editorial!

He kept the focus on her lips with Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick in Romantic Atmosphere. Sir John left the eyes more neutral, applying Safari Khaki to her entire lid and punching up the ball just a tad with the shade Landscape.

Here’s everything you need for this quick and easy slay.

Sarah’s Final Thoughts: “I’m obsessed with the golden eye look Sir John created for me — it reminds of the beautiful sunset scene in Lion King where Mufasa famously says, ‘Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom.’ And not only that, but I feel like it’s a look I could actually recreate myself pretty quickly (knock on wood!), yet the finished result looks so elegant and ~radiant~.

I’m obsessed with my blue-based reds and Romantic Atmosphere did NOT disappoint, and I think Sir John’s slight overlining of the lips really made the red pop, balanced the bold brows, and centered the whole look. Sir John and Luminess nailed it, and I can’t wait to redo this look and play with all of the other gorgeous eyeshadow shades! 😍”

And for Essence, Sir John showed us a much brighter look, punctuating the eyes and muting out the rest of her face. We can see Nala slaying this fun, care-free look at the Pride Rock Music Festival!

(Hey! I’m Essence, Essence is me. Writing about myself in third person is weird.)

He contoured with Pumbaa, applying it to the jawline, forehead and cheekbones. On the lips he applied the Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick in Trouble, and dabbed a little to her cheeks as well.

We have five words: Your favorite peacock could NEVER!

Now the eyes were the focal point so he really packed on the pigment and played with some of the more vibrant shades from the Can’t Wait To Be King Eyeshadow Palette. The shade Meadows sweeps the entire lid and the shade Zazu sits in the tear duct. He applied Pride Rock and African Clay to the crease and Wisdom to the brow bone to blend out the look.

Wanna get the look?! Here are the deets.

Essence’s Final Thoughts: “So this collection is sooooo incredibly special. I immediately fell in love with the packaging. It has this metallic thing going on that changes in the light when you hold it at certain angles, and then to follow that up with such a great product that actually performs was just amazing! The makeup itself is just as elevated as the packaging.

Now as for my look, not to sound full of myself or anything but I look GOOOOOOOD! This pigment is without any primer or enhancement in photo editing. What you see is literally what it looked like in real life. The colors work well together and I like it because even though the makeup is elevated, it’s not hard or intimidating to use. Sir John just keeps on leveling up and this collection is brilliant. It made me that much more excited for the movie!”


Disney’s The Lion King Limited Edition Collection by Sir John x Luminess will be available here on June 15th, and and on June 16th. The collection will also be available at select Ulta stores on July 1st!

A Little Lip Service

From matte and glossy to hydrating and plump, there are a wide variety of smooch-worthy choices.

Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

A coat or two of lipstick can go a long way in perfecting a wedding-day look.

“Lipsticks are a small, portable piece of beautification that brightens your face instantly,” said Todd Harris, a makeup artist based in New York, adding that new technologies and components “are making the lipstick market huge right now.”

There are a wide variety of choices available, from matte and glossy to hydrating and plumping. Here are some new releases and reliable standbys to consider for your big day — or for every day.

From the top: Marc Jacobs Enamored (With Pride) Dazzling Gloss Lip Lacquer in Electric Lites; Saint Jane Microdose Lip Gloss in Remedy; and Cosmedix’s Liquid Crystal Lip Hydrator in Lumi Crystal.

Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Lip glosses create a look that’s lighter, softer, and shimmery, and they’re perfect for summer wedding ceremonies.

Some of the latest releases also offer added benefits. Saint Jane recently introduced Microdose Lip Gloss, $28, which contains 50 milligrams of pure CBD, or cannabidiol, derived from the cannabis plant, along with chamomile and aloe.

“The mouth is one of the most nerve-rich areas of the body,” said Casey Georgeson, the founder of Saint Jane. “You can calm the lips, and yourself, with ultra-absorbing antioxidants and wellness ingredients, like CBD, as the benefits are delivered quickly.”

Cosmedix’s Lumi Crystal, $35, is a glossy lip hydrator infused with liquid crystal technology that delivers intense moisture. Among the ingredients, portulaca pilosa extract and palmitoyl tripeptide-38 help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and protect from environmental stressors. And the product’s light-reflecting finish gives you a polished look photos.

Also, Marc Jacobs recently released six new shades in the Enamored Lip Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer collection to coincide with L.G.B.T.Q. Pride Month. Each of these glosses costs $28 and comes in limited-edition rainbow packaging. From June 6 to July 10, 10 percent of the retail price will be donated to SAGE, an organization that provides support to older L.G.B.T.Q. people.

From left: Christian Dior “Perfect Red” Rouge Dior No. 999; Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Matte Lipstick No. 400; Tom Ford Scarlet Rouge; Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick in Elson; and Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored.

Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Red has historically been a coveted and classic color for lips. Designers and celebrities who have moved effortlessly into the beauty arena have each had a standout hero (or best-selling) red.

“When it comes to makeup, especially a lipstick that has a cultlike quality, it lets you connect emotionally to the designer and the brand,” said Tim Quinn, the vice president for creative artistry at Giorgio Armani Beauty. “It also connects you to other women who have worn the same shade, which intensifies and validates the moment you’re experiencing.”

Giorgio Armani’s signature shade of red was inspired by the center of a red rose, and is encapsulated in shade No. 400 in the Rouge D’Armani Matte Lipstick collection, $38.

Among the other popular brands, Christian Dior’s “perfect red” Rouge Dior No. 999, $37, pays homage to two of the original Rouge Dior shades, Nos. 9 and 99, which debuted in 1953. Tom Ford’s Scarlet Rouge, $55, released in 2012, was one of his original colors, delivering an instant dramatic look. Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty features Stunna Lip Paint, $24, a long-wear fluid color that was part of her original collection.

Pat McGrath offers MatteTrance Lipstick in Elson, her signature red, $38; a true crimson with just the right amount of blue undertone, it helps to make teeth appear whiter. Her distinctive packaging features lips protruding from the sleek case.

From the top: Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Lip Bath in Refresh Rose;  Dr. Brandt 3-D Lip Plumpfix; and Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme.

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Forget filler injections, there are products that can create the look of fuller, wider lips minus the pain.

“Lipstick is instant glamour,” said Charlotte Tilbury, a former makeup artist who created her own cosmetics and skin care line.

Over the last five years, she has released more than 90 lip offerings, including Collagen Lip Bath, $35, a plumping lip gloss (with heart shaped applicator) that contains marine collagen, mustard sprout extract and pearlescent pigments.

“This gives you a boost of youth paired with a natural glow and lustrous lip,” Ms. Tilbury said.

Others products worth considering include Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme, $28, an instant lip-plumping clear serum. It uses technology that helps dilate blood vessel, creating volume, and contains collagen. Dr. Brandt’s 3-D Lip Plumpfix, $39, offers morning and evening plumping through a dual applicator. Thanks to hyaluronic filling spheres, peptides, and biomimetic skin rejuvenators, it produces lips that appear fuller, smoother and contoured.

From left: Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour; Bond No. 9 Refillable Lipstick; and Rouge G de Guerlain lipstick and Imperial Rouge textured faux leather case.

Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Pretty packaging can add a touch of luxury — and even whimsy — to the makeup process.

Christian Louboutin’s famous red-soles look can be worn on your lips — and now around your neck as a statement piece. Inspired by Middle Eastern antiquities and the Art Deco movement, five new Rouge Velvet Matte Lip Colours, $90, are a nod to his signature hue.

“Lipstick journeys with you,” said Isamaya Ffrench, global makeup artist for Christian Louboutin Beauty, explaining that “Christian Louboutin’s vision is to turn lipstick once hidden in a bag into an exceptional objet d’art, a showpiece.”

“The object is luxurious, elegant and bold,” she said. “It reflects the sensibility of the product inside and how it might make you feel.”

Rouge G de Guerlain offers 12 new semi-matte shades, $33, and eight additional mock-crock and snakeskin colored cases complete with mirror, $22, that can be refilled and swapped.

And Laurice Rahmé, the creator and president of Bond No. 9 New York Fragrances, debuted her Neutral Lips collection. Each of the six shades are named after a Manhattan location — Hudson Yards and Central Park, for example — and are encapsulated in a refillable, metallic gold case that resembles her signature hourglass perfume bottles, $105 and $130.

From left: Givenchy Encre Interdite 24 Hour Lip Stain in No. 2 Arty Pink; Maybelline New York Color SuperStay 24 Super Impact in Infinite Petal; and Luminess Cosmetics Forever Reign Lip Stain in Rustic.

Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

“Stains gives you the confidence and reassurance that what is on your lips is not disappearing or bleeding — it’s one less thing you have to think,” said Mr. Harris, the New York makeup artist. “When smudge-proof products first came out,” he said, “they were highly alcohol based and drying. That’s changed with advancements, new emollients and innovative hydrating formulas.”

These 2.0 products include Luminess Cosmetics’ water-resistant Forever Reign Lip Stain, $24. It applies as a liquid and sets as a velvety finish that lasts for 24 hours. Maybelline New York Color SuperStay 24 Super Impact, $10.49, contains microflex technology, which keeps the color inked on.

Givenchy Encre Interdite 24 Hour Lip Stain, $33, is also a waterproof liquid lip ink that dries in seconds while setting. As an added bonus, black rose extract and antioxidant polyphenols help protect lips against aging.

Sir John Debuts The Lion King Collection With Luminess Cosmetics


Disney’s The Lion King Limited Edition Collection by Sir John x Luminesswill finally be available June 15th, and like Simba, we just can’t wait. Who better to create this royal collection than someone well-versed in working with queens (not to mention his name is Sir John)? If you don’t know Sir John let me run you some of his roster of clients: Gabrielle Union, Joan Smalls, Kelly Rowland, and Erykah Badu. He’s most know for being Beyoncé’s makeup artist, and the man behind some of Queen Bey’s most notable looks, including her glittery festival appropriate look for her Coachella shutdown. He’s been on the teams of cosmetic giants such as Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury, and has partnered with several prestige beauty brands.

So we’re excited to get our hands on his latest collaboration, a collection of treats from Luminess Cosmetics that includes matte and liquid lipsticks, highlighter, a tinted lip balm, a sculpting palette, and an eyeshadow palette with shades named after characters in the classic film. The Sir John x Luminess Disney’s The Lion King Limited Edition Collection is available at on June 15th, and on June 16th, and at select ULTA Beauty stores on July 1st.